Ironically, I came across this #TRUTH video on Facebook and as I watched it, I remembered in 2012 while waiting to board a plane with my husband, I felt someone staring at me and on looking up, I noticed an older man who was busy consciously staring at each waiting passenger including me as we were engaged with not one another, but with one technology or the other – iPod, mobile phones, iPad, laptops etc. I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through his mind about this new generation and how consumed we have become with technology, so much so that it encourages human beings to be increasingly anti social by the day.
- Husbands and wives spending more time on social media than they do with each other
- Kids of today can’t even imagine a world without technology gadgets and social media to the point that family time is boring and almost being frizzled away from today’s family.
- Text communication seem to be the order of the day more than actual phone call and even one-on-one communication
- People not going out to meet other people but choosing to meet over social media or technology
- Social media taking over quiet times and stealing precious time that we could use to pursue our dreams
(And the list goes on, feel free to add yours in the comment section.)
Undoubtedly, technology has afforded us numerous benefits but letting its use control us is a fight we must put up, a conscious fight at that, to overcome this epidemic! Personally, over the past two years, I have been putting up a daily fight to not check my social media updates and feeds upon my waking up as I realized it would very easily steal any where from 1 – 2 hours of your day before you even know it. Knowing that social media can be overwhelming and a time consumer, here are some steps you can take to help you control your use of them:
- Schedule your posts in advance
- Schedule your social media usage and accessibility times
- Remove the Facebook notification on your phone, doing so will help you focus on the needful and reduce distractions.
- You don’t have to be on all social media sites, only subscribe to the ones that are relevant to your day to day life, your business or career.
- Know when to put your technology away and give time for family and friends.
Technology and social media is fun, they have spiced up our lives, connected us with long lost friends, made day to day life easier with apps that provide one solution or the other, all in all, in enjoying their use, we must take great care to not let them consume and control us. For me, it remains a daily conscious fight and one that I must not give up on because I too refuse to let technology control me, how about you?
All the best!